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Description - Economy-Environment-Development-Knowledge by Ken Cole

As the end of the second millennium approaches, we find ourselves in times of radical social change. Orthodox explanations of the economy, the environment and the development process are unable to provide coherent policies for such issues as employment creation, environmental degradation and social progress. This book provides alternative perspectives on these fundamental aspects of human existence. Economists, environmentalists and development theorists have so far been unable to agree on the most successful prescriptions to address problems. To understand, contrast and compare alternative understandings of economic, environmental and development issues, one needs to be aware of why theorists conceptualize the process of social experience so differently. Part one of the text addresses the subjective preference, cost-of-production and abstract labour theories of values in economics; part two explains egocentrism, ecocentrism and socioecocentrism as competing theoretical perspectives in environmental theory; part three highlights modernization theory, structuralist theory and class struggle as ways to account for the process of development; and part four examines the generation of knowedge through positivism, paradigms and praxis, legitimating competing perspectives in economics, environmentalist and development. The book concludes by considering why different people find alternative explanations more or less plausible. By addressing the disagreements between theorists, the book provides a basis to contrast and compare the plethora of theories of, and policies for, economic prosperity, environmental sustainability and social progress.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415162593
ISBN-10: 0415162599
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Nov-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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